Who knows how Spirit moves from one person to the next, we live like the mighty redwood trees, standing tall in a grove we reach to the heavens for inspiration, supporting each other by a network of roots, we are "All-in-Spirit" and perhaps you and I are already someone's muse! Why not, the veils lift and we find layers of creative genius hidden moment by moment, I believe we just need to trust the process, the "real muse" lives inside each and every one of us.
Her signature dolls feature beautifully sculpted faces wrapped in many layers of fabrics and art fibers, often with a little moon cradled in its arms. These small cocoons of love perfectly express her dynamic spirit and appreciation of nature. You'll find here a small sampling of her luscious dolls and paintings which continue to inspire artists and collectors all over the world.
I don't pretend to know much about ancient traditions, but they resonate with me and I allow spirit to guide me, making dolls makes me feel good, as simple as that...they make me bloom (using the words of Dr. Estes) When people ask me why do I make art dolls...my answer is always the same...because they keep me sane and fill my soul with gratitude and peace!
I am moved to seek inspiration in nature, myth, and folklore. My only hope is that people may find through my art a sense of serenity and peace. All my dolls are charged with Reiki energy, Universal Love and light force. Griselda Tello
Although painting is my first love, assemblage art figures have become an essential spiritual practice for me. I love the process of sculpting with polymer clay and working with textiles, yarn, fibers and beading; creating with my work the context where magic begins. Griselda Tello
What do I call them, people ask...they are Totem Fetishes, Numen Spirits or Fantasy Art Dolls, they are my interpretation of Manitou, they are Nature Spirits. That is what I call my little dolls, a little mystery that keeps on giving me joy. Griselda Tello
Find more background on Griselda's dolls, her process and art on her wonderful blog. On Facebook she features fellow artists, coupons, new dolls & more. Her paintings are showcased along with her dolls on her website, The Art Spirit and you can purchase her work at her two Etsy stores: Gristello: Original Oils & Mixed Media and Awesome Art: OOAK Art Dolls and Assemblage.
“Dolls are one of the symbolic treasures of the instinctual nature. For centuries humans have felt that dolls emanate both a holiness and mana – an awesome and compelling prescience which acts upon persons, changing them spiritually. Dolls are believed to be infused with life by their makers. They are used as markers of authority and talismans to remind one of one’s own power.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves